PART 17

The kind of Deity which a man, consciously or unconsciously, worships, indicates

the intellectual status of the worshipper.

Ask the Indian of God, and he will describe to you a powerful chieftain of a

glorious tribe. Ask the Pagan of God, and he will tell you of a God of fire, a God

of water, a god of this, that, and the other.

Ask the Israelite of God, and he will tell you of the God of Moses, who conceived

it expedient to rule by coercive measures; hence, the Ten Commandments. Or of

Joshua, who led the Israelites into battle, confiscated property, murdered the

prisoners, and laid waste to cities.

The so-called heathen made “graven images” of their Gods, whom they were accustomed

to worship, but among the most intelligent, at least, these images were but the

visible fulcrums with which they were enabled to mentally concentrate on the

qualities which they desired to externalize in their lives.

We of the twentieth century worship a God of Love in theory, but in practice we

make for ourselves “graven images” of “Wealth,” “Power,” “Fashion,” “Custom” and

“Conventionality.” We “fall down” before them and worship them. We concentrate on

them and they are thereby externalized in our lives.

The student who masters the contents of Part Seventeen will not mistake the symbols

for the reality; he will be interested in causes, rather than effects. He will

concentrate on the realities of life, and will then not be disappointed in the

results.

PART SEVENTEEN

1. We are told that Man has “dominion over all things”; this dominion is

established through Mind. Thought is the activity which controls every principle

beneath it. The highest principle by reason of its superior essence and qualities

necessarily determines the circumstances, aspects and relation of everything with

which it comes in contact.

2. The vibrations of mental forces are the finest and consequently the most

powerful in existence. To those who perceive the nature and transcendency of mental

force, all physical power sinks into insignificance.

3. We are accustomed to look upon the Universe with a lens of five senses, and from

these experiences our anthropomorphic conceptions originate, but true conceptions

are only secured by spiritual insight. This insight requires a quickening of the

vibrations of the Mind, and is only secured when the mind is continuously

concentrated in a given direction.

4. Continuous concentration means an even, unbroken flow of thought and is the

result of patient, persistent, persevering and well-regulated system.

5. Great discoveries are the result of long-continued investigation. The science of

mathematics requires years of concentrated effort to master it, and the greatest

science — that of the Mind — is revealed only through concentrated effort.

6. Concentration is much misunderstood; there seems to be an idea of effort or

activity associated with it, when just the contrary is necessary. The greatness of

an actor lies in the fact that he forgets himself in the portrayal of his

character, becoming so identified with it, that the audience is swayed by the

realism of the performance. This will give you a good idea of true concentration;

you should be so interested in your thought, so engrossed in your subject, as to be

conscious of nothing else. Such concentration leads to intuitive perception and

immediate insight into the nature of the object concentrated upon.

7. All knowledge is the result of concentration of this kind; it is thus that the

secrets of Heaven and Earth have been wrested; it is thus that the mind becomes a

magnet and the desire to know draws the knowledge, irresistibly attracts it, makes

it your own.

8. Desire is largely subconscious; conscious desire rarely realizes its object when

the latter is out of immediate reach. Subconscious desire arouses the latent

faculties of the mind, and difficult problems seem to solve themselves.

9. The subconscious mind may be aroused and brought into action in any direction

and made to serve us for any purpose, by concentration. The practice of

concentration requires the control of the physical, mental, and physical being; all

modes of consciousness whether physical, mental, or physical, must be under

control.

10. Spiritual Truth is therefore the controlling factor; it is this which will

enable you to grow out of limited attainment and reach a point where you will be

able to translate modes of thought into character and consciousness.

11. Concentration does not mean mere thinking of thoughts, but the transmutation of

these thoughts into practical values; the average person has no conception of the

meaning of concentration. There is always the cry “to have” but never the cry “to

be”; they fail to understand that they cannot have one without the other, that they

must first find the “kingdom” before they can have the “things added.” Momentary

enthusiasm is of no value; it is only with unbounded self-confidence that the goal

is reached.

12. The mind may place the ideal a little too high and fall short of the mark; it

may attempt to soar on untrained wings and instead of flying, fall to earth; but

that is no reason for not making another attempt.

13. Weakness is the only barrier to mental attainment; attribute your weakness to

physical limitations or mental uncertainties and try again; ease and perfection are

gained by repetition.

14. The astronomer centers his mind on the stars and they give forth their secrets;

the geologists centers his mind on the construction of the earth and we have

geology; so with all things. Men center their minds on the problems of life, and

the result is apparent in the vast and complex social order of the day.

15. All mental discovery and attainment are the result of desire plus

concentration; desire is the strongest mode of action; the more persistent the

desire, the more authoritative the revelation. Desire added to concentration will

wrench any secret from nature.

16. In realizing great thoughts, in experiencing great emotions that correspond

with great thoughts, the mind is in a state where it appreciates the value of

higher things.

17. The intensity of one moment’s earnest concentration and the intense longing to

become and to attain may take you further than years of slow normal and forced

effort; it will unfasten the prison bars of unbelief, weakness, impotence and

selfbelittlement,

and you will come into a realization of the joy of overcoming.

18. The spirit of initiative and originality is developed through persistence and

continuity of mental effort. Business teaches the value of concentration and

encourages decision of character; it develops practical insight and quickness of

conclusion. The mental element in every commercial pursuit is dominant as the

controlling factor, and desire is the predominating force; all commercial relations

are the externalization of desire.

19. Many of the sturdy and substantial virtues are developed in commercial

employment; the mind is steadied and directed; it becomes efficient. The principal

necessity is the strengthening of the mind so that it rises superior to the

distractions and wayward impulses of instinctive life and thus successfully

overcomes in the conflict between the higher and lower self.

20. All of us are dynamos, but the dynamo of itself is nothing; the mind must work

the dynamo; then it is useful and its energy can be definitely concentrated. The

mind is an engine whose power is undreamed; thought is an omni-working power. It is

the ruler and creator of all form and all events occurring in form. Physical energy

is nothing in comparison with the omnipotence of thought, because thought enables

man to harness all other natural power.

21. Vibration is the action of thought; it is vibration which reaches out and

attracts the material necessary to construct and build. There is nothing mysterious

concerning the power of thought; concentration simply implies that consciousness

can be focalized to the point where it becomes identified with the object of its

attention. As food absorbed is the essence of the body, so the mind absorbs the

object of its attention, gives it life and being.

22. If you concentrate on some matter of importance, the intuitive power will be

set in operation, and help will come in the nature of information which will lead

to success.

23. Intuition arrives at conclusions without the aid of experience or memory.

Intuition often solves problems that are beyond the grasp of the reasoning power.

Intuition often comes with a suddenness that is startling; it reveals the truth for

which we are searching, so directly that it seems to come from a higher power.

Intuition can be cultivated and developed; in order to do this it must be

recognized and appreciated; if the intuitive visitor is given a royal welcome when

he comes, he will come again; the more cordial the welcome the more frequent his

visits will become, but if he is ignored or neglected he will make his visits few

and far apart.

24. Intuition usually comes in the Silence; great minds seek solitude frequently;

it is here that all the larger problems of life are worked out. For this reason

every businessman who can afford it has a private office, where he will not be

disturbed; if you cannot afford a private office you can at least find somewhere,

where you can be alone a few minutes each day, to train the thought along lines

which will enable you to develop that invincible power which is necessary to

achieve.

25. Remember that fundamentally the subconscious is omnipotent; there is no limit

to the things that can be done when it is given the power to act. Your degree of

success is determined by the nature of your desire. If the nature of your desire is

in harmony with Natural Law or the Universal Mind, it will gradually emancipate the

mind and give you invincible courage.

26. Every obstacle conquered, every victory gained, will give you more faith in

your power, and you will have greater ability to win. Your strength is determined

by your mental attitude; if this attitude is one of success, and is permanently

held with an unswerving purpose, you will attract to you from the invisible domain

the things you silently demand.

27. By keeping the thought in mind, it will gradually take tangible form. A

definite purpose sets causes in motion which go out in the invisible world and find

the material necessary to serve your purpose.

28. You may be pursuing the symbols of power, instead of power itself. You may be

pursuing fame instead of honor, riches instead of wealth, position instead of

servitude; in either event you will find that they turn to ashes just as you

overtake them.

29. Premature wealth or position cannot be retained because it has not been earned;

we get only what we give, and those who try to get without giving always find that

the law of compensation is relentlessly bringing about an exact equilibrium.

30. The race has usually been for money and other mere symbols of power, but with

an understanding of the true source of power, we can afford to ignore the symbols.

The man with a large bank account finds it unnecessary to load his pockets down

with gold; so with the man who has found the true source of power; he is no longer

interested in its shams or pretensions.

31. Thought ordinarily leads outwardly in evolutionary directions, but it can be

turned within where it will take hold of the basic principles of things, the heart

of things, the spirit of things. When you get to the heart of things it is

comparatively easy to understand and command them.

32. This is because the Spirit of a thing is the thing itself, the vital part of

it, the real substance. The form is simply the outward manifestation of the

spiritual activity within.

33. For your exercise this week concentrate as nearly as possible in accordance

with the method outlined in this lesson; let there be no conscious effort or

activity associated with your purpose. Relax completely, avoid any thought of

anxiety as to results. Remember that power comes through repose. Let the thought

dwell upon your object, until it is completely identified with it, until you are

conscious of nothing else.

34. If you wish to eliminate fear, concentrate on courage.

35. If you wish to eliminate lack, concentrate on abundance.

36. If you wish to eliminate disease, concentrate on health.

37. Always concentrate on the ideal as an already existing fact; this is the germ

cell, the life principle which goes forth and sets in motion those causes which

guide, direct and bring about the necessary relation, which eventually manifests in

form.

“Thought is the property of those only who can entertain it.”

Emerson

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